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Old 06-22-2009, 09:54 AM   #1
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Is Metal Halide system the only way possible to get the "glistering look"?

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I would like to know if it is possible to achieve the simmering look by the use of T5 bulbs? I have 8 T5s now and the largest fixture available by Current USA is 12 bulbs at 72" long (my tank size). I hate to buy it and not get the glistering look that I envy at the LFS. My corals are doing fine of what I have so this is for esthetic issues only. Thanks DP
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Old 06-22-2009, 09:58 AM   #2
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From everything I've seen and everyone I've talked to, the shimmer is only with MH.
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Old 06-22-2009, 10:57 AM   #3
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Ready to buy the MH/T5 System

Greetings to all,

After doing some research I think a system with MH/T5 combo would work for me since MH only is too expensive. I have a 125 gallon tank with 72" long so this is what I am thinking. If you have a better system, please let me know too. What I am looking for is the simmering look and thanks so much everyone! DP

72 inch Current USA Outer Orbit 3x150W 10K HQI-MH w/ 4x96W Dual Actinic & 8 Lunar Lights


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  • Total Watts: 834W
  • Total Amperes: 7.18A
  • No./Color Temp: 3x150W 10,000k PowerPaq MH / 4 x 96W Dual Actinic 460/420nm
  • Lunar Lights: 8
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 72in x 15in x 4.25in
This one will cost me 1020.00 shipped. Thanks DP
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DP, those lights are fine, except if you plan on SPS corals in the future, they will need to be kept near the top with the 150w MH's. The same fixture with 250w bulbs would probably be better and shouldn't cost much more.

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If you only got a 2 bulb T5 fixture for your 75, that is considered low light. You will be somewhat limited on what corals you can keep.
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DP, those lights are fine, except if you plan on SPS corals in the future, they will need to be kept near the top with the 150w MH's. The same fixture with 250w bulbs would probably be better and shouldn't cost much more.
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It is impossible to find MH/T5 by Current USA and all I can find is MH/PC. I also have hard time finding 250W MH by Current USA but I can get one from Coralife (3X250W with 4 96W PC). I have heard Coralife stuff is not good and I wonder what you feel about this fixture? DP

Coralife Aqualight Pro Metal Halide Aquarium Light Fixture, 3X250W HQI & 4X96W Compact Fluorescents, 72 inch
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Lightbulb corallife vs current

is your tank a 'shorty 125 only 22" deep? if it is i have some hard earned info for you since i just finished lighting on the same tank. one thing i can definetly tell you 250 w 10kelvin bulbs will fry the top half of your tank! 150 w/ 20000 kelvin german bulbs like rhodium or geismans with the electronic fired ballasts on the corallife is the best if your looking for a soft blue rather than a brlliant white . the other issue is moon lighting the corallife has much more intense flourescent moon lights not the little leds the current has. hope this helps your decision making go a little easier.
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the "shimmer effect" comes from the light being directed "from a single point" (single point light). This effect can't be achieved with fluorescents, only with MH or LED's which also are single point light.
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I agree with mandown as far as the shimmering affect. LED's are a lot cooler. If I remember correctly The Dr. had a heat related problem before.
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Hello,

I heard about LED too but until it becomes available, I guess MH is the only way to go to get the shimmering effect. I also bought a 47" tower fan from Walgreens and I will put that next to the tank. I will install the lights hanging from ceiling first then carefully monitor for the heat build up. DP
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I believe that they already sell the LED modules I seen it in the Good Doctors cat.
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